PV Tasting Notes
The 2007 Titolo displays totally awesome potential, inky blue/purple, the explosive nose of raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit complicated by violets, leather, tobacco, lava rock and tar, the palate is fully dense, with sumptuous flavours, powerful velvety tannins grip the mouth, but beneath the tannins lay an exceptional wine which is long, complex and deeply concentrated, and yet it never comes across as being heavy. This is a fresh, vibrant and powerful wine with decades of glorious life ahead of it. I get the distinct impression that this will be recognised as the new benchmark on Aglianico, we will see sometime in the future, but I purchased double the quantity of the 2007 vintage as opposed to the 2006 which was already awarded 93 points (the highest ever for Aglianico del Vulture) on Robert Parkers website. This 2007 vintage also took the Tre Bicchieri, with three red glasses and a plus, I think this is awesome juice. Tasted April 2010.Independent Review
Tre Bicchierie plus from Gambero Rosso, awarded only to the TOP 30 wines of Italy.
93 points Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate June 2010
The 2007 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo is a ripe, seamless wine endowed with layers of espresso, dark fruit, sage, rosemary, spices, crushed rocks and French oak, all of which come together on a textured, sumptuous frame. This dense, full-bodied Aglianico impresses for its richness, impeccable overall balance and fabulous length. It should be even better in a few years’ time. Once again, Elena Fucci has made a reference-point wine for Basilicata. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
The Barolo of the South!
Almost all of the Italian wines that are highly acclaimed by the main wine critics hail from north of Rome: wines like Amarone, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and the Super-Tuscans, such as Redigaffi and Sassicaia. But one of Italy's greatest red wines comes from a region in Southern Italy which is practically unknown to the outside world......Basilicata, located in the arch of the boot.
Elena Fucci has for the past 8 years been the leading producer of Aglianico del Vulture. Over the past seven vintages Elena Fucci has taken the top award from one of the two most respected Italian wine guides which includes 5 Tre Bicchieri awards. These prodigious wines offer exceptional buys for the quality in bottle and can be a serious wine to cellar for two decades or more, or you can just pull the cork a few hours earlier and enjoy with dinner. This may be difficult to believe, but I think she is the Angelo Gaja of the South, so you really should not miss out on these.
Soil Type; Volcanic lava mix.
Harvest; Last week of October, hand harvest in small crates.
The Aglianico is destemed and crushed in small batches and then fermented in stainless steel with a maximum temperature controlled to 28° - 30° degrees Celsius.
Malolactic fermentation takes place within 100% new French oak barriques and matured for 12 months.
The wine is fined in the bottle for an additional 10 months before being released to the market.
Oenologist; Elena Fucci
Elena Fucci has take more awards than any other producer in her region over the past eight vintages, she is a winemaker of the utmost talent, and is recognised as the absolute leader in producing wines from the Aglianico grape.